The HMC Wellness department led a week full of events asking students to think about issues of consent. Consent is an important issue for everyone to be educated on. “It forms the foundation of all of our interpersonal relationships” says Brian Gray, HMC’s Assistant Director of Tutoring Services. “Whether we want to play sports with one another, whether we want to have sexual relations with one another, it’s all about consent. And without consent, we’re now violating the rights of others.”
Consent week was a new series of events for HMC students led by Brian and Dean Q, and witnessed great success in its first run. Each day was something new that touched on a different way in which consent, sexual or otherwise, impacts our lives. Listed below are some descriptions of the events that were held during Consent Week:
- Monday, February 10: Opening skit in the Hoch Shanahan dining hall. Students proctors Nate Bean and Miranda Parker introduce the events to come. Project Sister’s clothesline hangs outside Platt Campus Center, where students make and pin t-shirts shouting out against sexual assault.
- Tuesday, February 11: Office of Institutional Diversity’s Through Another Lens: “Is Consent Sexy?” Angelica Ibarra provided information and lead a lively discussion on our perspective on consent.
- Wednesday, February 12: Film Screening & Panel: “Teenage $ex for $ale.” HMC Wellness hosted a screening of a documentary on the sex trafficking problem in the local Pomona area. A panel discussion followed.
- Thursday, February 13: Proctors’ Workshop: “How to ask, say yes, say no, make it sexy!” Proctors and faculty came together to lead exercises on asking for, giving, and refusing consent.
- Friday, February 14: Community Engagement’s Fundraiser: “TraffickFree Pomona.” Brian Gray lead a fundraiser at the dining hall, raising money for supplies for victims of sex trafficking.
Article by: Graham Gordon ’15